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 We often here the classic poem “Twas The Night before Christmas,” with a line stating, “The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” Or perhaps you’ve heard of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” in “The Nutcracker?” Candy canes are popular, but what are sugar-plums? That is certainly something that hasn’t been sold in your local supermarket for some time, right? In the vintage recipe plums are not one of the ingredients. It is a sugar coated ball of seeds and raisins. As a foodie, I may just have to look into recreating this once popular confection- ery. I wonder if making those are a yearly tradition for any local families or did that recipe get lost in the progress of America like homemade popcorn garland and Jell-O molds.
One newer tradition in our growing family is celebrating the European folklore of Krampus. Un- like the gift bearing Saint Nick, it has been told that Krampus scares naughty children into doing good deeds. Many Alpine villages celebrate with parades throughout their neighborhood, with townsmen ei- ther dressing up as Saints or Krampus. My brother has an elaborate costume he’s put together. Like many, we celebrate with extended family on Christ- mas Eve. He loves the look on everyone’s face as they enter and see him dressed up in such a scary outfit! It’s very evident that he and his wife love the holidays as their home has classic tunes bellowing throughout and a decorated tree lit up, with piles of gifts under it.
In my opinion, it’s essential to have “I’m dream- ing of a White Christmas,” or “Frosty the Snowman” playing in the background. Music is another time- less part of Christmastime. Growing up, school children were taught several classics. It is still pop- ular today as it was 100 years ago to sit through Holiday concerts with our loved ones. Southington High School will present their Winter Concert with Jazz and Chorus/Band on December 18, 2019, 6 p.m.
Being generous and helping those in need is also a timeless tradition of Christmas. Many feel much joy giving during the Holidays. The United Way of Southington is especially thoughtful, rais- ing money at a yearly event called “Festival of Trees.” 100 percent of their charity earnings goes directly to the Southington community, including YMCA, Bread for Life and Southington Community Services. Businesses throughout town set up “Toys
The author with her brother Lorn in his Krampus outfit
for Tots” bins and Southington Community Servic- es food pantry creates Christmas Food baskets for the less fortunate. Residents can sign up for bas- kets and other essential needs at 91 Norton Street in Plantsville, Ct.
As our beloved 28th President Woodruff Wilson stated 100 years ago, “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” He was a holiday baby, actu- ally born on December 28th, 1856. During his Presi- dency, the White House had its first Christmas tree.
I smile at the thought that we all come together to celebrate these beautiful moments. It’s a hectic time of year, and it can feel a bit overwhelming but thoughtful tradition keeps us going year af- ter year. Despite how technology has made leaps and bounds and political turmoil airs frequently on TV, America has remained steadfast in the last 100 years, holding longstanding customs close to heart.

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